Mary Poppins Returns
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The deft hand of Preston Sturges molded this film, further proof that he is one of the industry's best writer-directors.
Wonderful satire on small-town jingoism, all the more remarkable in that it was made during World War II.
This riotously funny motion picture, this superlative small-town comedy, is also one of the wisest ever to burst from a big-time studio.
A scathing delight.
It is a bewilderingly skillful picture, and the skill is used no more brilliantly to tell the story than to cover up the story's weaknesses and those of its author, Preston Sturges.
Hail the Conquering Hero is widely praised as one of Preston Sturges' best films, but I found it tedious and mawkish - the 1944 equivalent of a dopey sitcom.
The premier comedy writer-director of 1940s Hollywood strikes again!
...half a Sturges is better than no Sturges at all.
Sturges turns upside down the conventions of Hollywood's small-town film: His characters' eccentricity is meant to show the more multifarious and resourceful nature of folks who appear to be bland and ordinary.
moves beyond slapstick as it's skillfully and energetically put together to tell much about Americana.
Still hilarious Sturges after all these years.
The dialogue of Preston Sturges shoots and shoots, never seems to miss, and convinces you of its genius in around about a minute.
Only the second Sturges film I've seen, following The Lady Eve, which I slightly prefer. The movie about a coming back from war guilt ridden "hero" who lied all the way to being nominated for mayor, has a few laughs, but isn't anything special. It's from 1944, and is unfortunately outdated with his beautiful America attitude. It was nothing more than Ok.
eddie bracken plays a washed out marine who returns home to a hero's welcome thanks to some service buddies who don't want to disappoint his mother. and then things get complicated. great performances, wonderful writing, classic sturges
Frantic comedy that in lesser hands would be ridiculous but Sturges moves it along at such a lively clip that it comes across as silly and charming. An ace cast all perform marvelously but Demarest stands out as marine with a solution, no matter how farfetched, for every problem.
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